Sin-atra ( Armoury Records) In 2008, Armoury Records released We Wish You a Metal
Christmas, a collection of traditional Xmas songs that were given a metal makeover by some of the industry’s heaviest hitters, including Ronnie James Dio, Alice Cooper, and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi. For Sin-atra, Wendy Dio (R.J. Dio’s widow) returns as album co-executive producer. This time, she’s got Ol’ Blue Eyes in her sights — albeit with some less recognizable contributors, like guitarist Devin Townsend of Canadian band Strapping Young Lad; Doug Katsaros of ’ 80s pop-rock group Balance (he’s also recorded with Sinatra, Kiss, and … Michael Bolton); former Poison/Mr. Big guitarist Richie Kotzen; and former Judas Priest frontman Tim Owens. Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, and Dug Pinnick of King’s X also make an appearance, but for the most part, the guest list isn’t as thrilling as the Christmas album’s. If you consider Frank Sinatra, his music, and his legend sacred, this CD and its shoddy arrangements will make you want to stab yourself in the ear canals with a dull pencil and then go after the vocalists who halfheartedly contribute here. While liner notes make it clear that participating artists share a reverence for Sinatra as “the original rock star,” covers of songs like “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Strangers in the Night,” and “That’s Life” suggest that this album was thrown together hastily for a March 29 release — just in time for April Fool’s Day.